GREENVILLE — The Greenville Drive (2-3, 24-50) and Charleston RiverDogs (3-2, 42-31) have played competitive games against each other all season long, and Monday night was no different. The Drive got some big hits late in the game and withstood a ninth-inning rally to grab a 7-6 victory at Fluor Field.
With the game tied at four in the bottom of the seventh, the Drive took the lead for good. Dreily Guerrero singled up the middle against Charleston reliever Ben Paullus (3-2) to score Drew Turocy, who had singled with one out.
The Drive added two more runs in the eighth to stretch the lead to 7-4.
The RiverDogs made things interesting against Drive reliever JB Wendelken in the ninth. Angelo Gumbs hit a sacrifice fly to score a run, and Dante Bichette Jr. scampered home on a wild pitch for a second run. Wendelken bounced back and coaxed a groundout to end the game and pick up his fifth save of the year.
Cito Culver hit a sacrifice fly to center in the top of the fifth to put Charleston on the board. That ended up being the only blemish against Drive starter Justin Haley, who allowed just two hits in five innings while striking out six RiverDogs batters.
The RiverDogs tied the game against Gerardo Olivares in the seventh, as Greg Bird smacked a three-run shot to left field. It was Bird’s sixth homer of the season, all of which have come at Fluor Field.
Bird drove in three for Charleston, and Bichette and Aaron Gates collected two hits apiece.
The division rivals will meet again on Tuesday at 11 a.m.